Guest Speaker: Juliana Goodman
Topic : New Zealand Nutrition Foundation
Sunday the 8th of January we were treated to a very “positive” information session from Juliana Goodman from the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. Juliana is well qualified (2 degrees in related subjects) to speak on nutrition and health and did so with enthusiasm and illustrated knowledge.
Juliana reminded us that, while long life is desirable, the quality of that life is also important and although we cannot alter our genetic heritage we can enhance the length and quality by sensible eating and exercising. She reinforced the importance of the main food groups that assist us: Vegetables, Fruit (both of which should be the bulk of our food intake) then breads and cereals (preferably wholegrain), milk and milk products (for calcium) and protein in the form of lean meat, seafood, eggs, nuts and legumes.
The importance of good hydration, (preferably water), three meals a day starting with a really good breakfast, good food safety habits, limited alcohol intake (note she did not say none) and as much physical activity as you can safely undertake. This could be walking, dancing, exercises or if these are not suitable for you then standing up and sitting down several times helps maintain muscle stability then a little resistance training by lifting a can of peas in each hand – before eating them. Don’t forget to utilise sunshine (ha ha) to get that Vitamin D you need to absorb the calcium into your bones. You need 15 – 30 minutes a day but remember outside the 10am to 4pm parameters for safety in summer and 10am to 2pm in winter.
Healthy eating does not need to be expensive eating but poor choice of food can lead to many problems including lack of energy. There is so much more that Juliana covered and the question and answer section was very popular.
Space does not allow further comment here but do go to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation website for more detailed data and lots of good ideas and advice.